So, this is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while. As many of you will no doubt know, I’m a big mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with depression and anxiety myself. I’m always unprepared for the kindness of friends and strangers whenever I post about something or if I’m not feeling great, and I never truly feel like I can repay my gratitude. But another thing that has genuinely shocked me, and continues to do so, is the number of people who have messaged me saying either they also have a mental illness, or they think they might but have no-one to talk to about it, or at least feel like they don’t. Whether this is out of shame, or because they aren’t aware of the resources available to them, or maybe they just don’t know what depression is, it doesn’t matter. It is heart-breaking to read messages from friends that I went to school with saying that they don’t feel strong enough to talk about their thoughts and feelings.
I’m not a politician, I’m not a healthcare professional, I’m not much of anything in all honesty. I’m not going to change the world tomorrow, I’d like to save the planet, but I think it’s better to do it one person at a time. If I can help or save one person, then this is worth all the time and energy in the world. If I’m going to use this Journalism degree for anything, it’s for listening and writing about my own and others’ experiences with mental health.
We Will Be Well is a website for discussing and sharing mental health illnesses, experiences, and advice for anyone suffering from a mental health illness, or for anyone who wants to learn more. As a sufferer, I hope I can convey the feelings and emotions of conditions and experiences a bit easier than most. There’s no set plan as to what will be put up on the website. Some days it’ll be advice and help for dealing with anxiety, another day it might how we should all wake up 20 minutes earlier and do yoga. I’m aiming to teach and just make mental health more approachable and less taboo as a subject, and I’m aiming to learn too. I’d love for people to submit their own stories if they so wish. I’d love to hear the perspectives and mindsets of others, that’s what the website is all about. Listening and learning.
I plan on starting a post-graduate diploma in mental health nursing next year, I’ve never much been one for thinking that we all have “callings” in life, but something about this feels right. It certainly feels like a better path to go down than the one I’ve been one for the last few years. I won’t lie, there’s a bit of vanity inside that decision, maybe if I study mental health more, I’ll learn a bit more about myself at the same time. But at a basic level, I’ve always wanted to help people. That’s what I think my Journalism degree was about, listening to people and sharing their stories to help. I think I can apply the same logic here.
I’m not sure what else to write here, other than I hope this website finds its way to being useful to someone. If there’s anything you’d like to ask or see written about, please feel free to reach out.